Sherlock BBC Prompting Meme

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This is a fic prompting meme based around the BBC series Sherlock, written by Stephen Moffat & Mark Gattis.

There are a couple of communities that have sprung up already, namely here and here and here, and also a very busy sherlockkink meme based around the Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law film, but since there's a GAP IN THE MARKET for a BBC Sherlock prompt meme and people are gnawing off their own hands in need of fic, here we go!

ETA: There's also a very dedicated meme here which covers all varieties of Sherlock Holmes adaptations/ spin-offs.


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For some reason the Idea of Watson getting all defensive about Sally (and/or others) refering to Sherlock as 'freak' seemed to be good fic material.

Bonus points for Slash.

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Got a small idea for a short fic/drabble for this.

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....and I will now await it. :P

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A/N: Hope this is what you wanted. I just love the idea of John coming out with random abuse like when he shouted at Mrs. Hudson.

“Does it bother you? The ‘freak’ thing?” John asked. They were in a cab on route to another crime scene. Sherlock was texting.

“Not in the least,” he said absently. “Should it?”

Sherlock hadn’t taken his eyes of the phone, except to bark out orders to the cabbie (John appreciated a friend who could save on average £3 per fare by insisting the cabbie took shortcuts of his own creation.)

John turned to look at him incredulously. “Should being called a freak bother you? Well yeah. It would bother most normal people.”

Text finished, Sherlock snapped the phone shut and held it up to his chin thoughtfully. “We’ve already established that I’m not a normal person. Therefore it doesn’t bother me. Besides-” he opened the phone and fired off a one word text “-I’m much better at insulting them than they are at insulting me.”

“Ah,” said John. He turned to stare out of the window as if Sherlock had solved a puzzle (without intending to, for once).

“What?” demanded Sherlock.

“It’s nothing,” said John. “I just get it now. You don’t mind because you think they’re right.”


“Freak’s here,” Donovan drawled into her radio. “And the other one.”

“Oh look, it’s the slut,” said John. He spoke before his brain caught up with him. Sherlock raised an eyebrow at him, but said nothing.

“What?” she scowled.

John wasn’t going to go back on himself now. “Slut!” he repeated cheerfully.

Donovan had no chance to reply because Lestrade was already striding towards them.


She was ready for them next time they arrived on a scene. So intent was she on finding an excuse to call John a dickhead that any insults she aimed at Sherlock were only perfunctionary.


Donovan soon got used to being called all manner of offensive nicknames by John (Bitch and Slut being the two most popular). Anderson, hardly a stranger to abuse from Sherlock, equally got used to being called a twat on regular basis.

They in return came up with some pretty inventive terms for him (Anderson’s usually accused John of being homosexual and Donovan’s frequently involved insults about or towards his dick. Sherlock pointed out that these insults said more about them than John.)

“I know what you’re doing,” said Sherlock several weeks later. They were in a taxi on the way home. Sherlock had already forced the driver to follow his specific directions.

“Of course you do,” said John, knowing full well Sherlock couldn’t resist telling John what he knew.

“You’re turning it into a game. You’re trying to get them to abuse you in order to gain their affection.”

John shrugged. Frankly he couldn’t care less about Donovan or Anderson’s feelings towards him. “Not especially.”

“You were in the military. You’re used to swearing and abusive nicknames as a form of cameradie.”

“Exactly,” john pointed out. “That’s how it works. After a while the names stop meaning anything insulting, it’ll just be habit. Anderson will probably call me ‘Gay Boy’ ‘til the day I die, but in a while it’ll just be an affectionate nickname. Neither of them really hate me. I don’t hate them; Donovan’s alright when you get to know her, and even Anderson has a good side somewhere deep down.”

John and Sherlock shared a look that suggested that it was very deep down indeed.

“They know I’m not really a dickhead. Eventually they’ll realise you’re not really a freak. It’ll all just be a nickname and it won’t mean anything.”

Sherlock frowned. “So you’ve done all that to stop them winding me up? I thought we’d established that I don’t care about being called a freak.”

John shook his head. “We established that you think they’re right about you. They’re not. Eventually they’ll see your good side – even if it pisses them off as much as your bad one.”

Sherlock stared at John for a long moment. “Why do you even care?”

“Because friends do care about stuff like that. You’d care if it was me. That’s how I know you aren’t a freak.” John held up a finger. “Though I may take that back if you don’t take the human finger our of our fridge.”

I love this. ^.^

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"(John appreciated a friend who could save on average £3 per fare by insisting the cabbie took shortcuts of his own creation.)"

Ahaha, this was perfect <3
John is so lovely.

"Though I may take that back if you don't take the human finger out of our fridge." Bwa-ha-ha-ha! :D

Fun fic! And I like John's approach.

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::ridiculous involuntary squishy noises::

So much love~

Good one, John! He knows that protesting the insult would just make it more powerful in the eyes of Anderson and Donovan, but play them at their own game... :). And Sherlock, for once, didn't quite get the motivation; probably because he's not used to having friends :(.


While I understand the spirit of this fic, I'm really, really uncomfortable with calling Sally a slut, especially when Sherlock canon is already frankly terrible towards women.

Agreed. The bitch is also discomfitting especially since all that Anderson gets is twat. It parallels the horrible depiction of women in the cannon.

I am, sadly, with you :/

Misogyny from slash fandom is a long standing and always surprising tradition.

Word. But that doesn't mean it doesn't disappoint me every time I see it...and I've been seeing it so often here in Sherlock fandom that it's on the brink of driving me out entirely.

It's already attracting a heady backlash, but in the meantime I'm just learning to avoid anything dealing with the female characters. Don't let it put you off the joys of SH/JW.

As it was established canonically (or as canonically as possible) that Sally was sleeping with a married man (namely Anderson) and she's deliberately cruel to Sherlock, I can't find myself objecting to the moniker. I mean, what else would she have been called that would have the same sort of shocking effect as "Freak"?

Trust me, as one who has been called both "Bitch" and "Freak", I'll take "Bitch" any day as at least it acknowledges some of my own personal power. Bitches are rarely meek and helpless. Freaks just get abused.

The issue is the double standard at work and the larger context of misogyny from Sherlock fandom. "Slut" is an insult that, to me at least, is meant to be deliberately shaming a woman due to her sexuality. This entire meme is filled with boys having sex, but when Sally has sex, she is automatically a slut.

what else would she have been called that would have the same sort of shocking effect as "Freak"?

Anything that wasn't deliberately targeted towards her sexuality.

I'm not taking issue with her being called a bitch, I'm taking issue with John trying to come up with an insult for her and deciding that the most insulting thing he can come up with is calling her a slut, and that people are applauding the author's slut-shaming.

I completely agree with this. Women are judge so much harder than men when it comes to sexuality, and it is rather depressing when people who should know better resort to insults that chastise women for daring to have sex.

I can totally get behind the issue with the double standard, as it is widely prevalent in many fandoms (though I will also point out that the ACD-era Sherlock wasn't out of step with his societal mores). What bothers me is that in the context of this particular story, I find the use of "slut" as appropriate to what was being accomplished (i.e. John's vicious defending of Sherlock in like-manner), and yet the poor author was lambasted for daring to use the word at all.

I disapprove of John's actions but not of the author's artistic choice.

I still find it inappropriate, and regardless, after seeing so many comments supporting John - not the author's choice, but specifically John's approach and his use of that word - I felt (and continue to feel) completely justified in expressing discomfort.

I still think there are plenty of words that could have been used that wouldn't have reinforced this fandom's double-standard.

I think at this point I'm going to exercise the better part of valor (belated though it is) and offer politely to agree to disagree and move on. I would hate for this to turn acrimonious and I feel like we've hijacked the thread.


I'm glad I'm not the only one.

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I agree. Thanks for saying it.

This made me ridiculously happy. Really, really happy.

I liked this :D though most I liked the sparing-on-cabs-idea and the last paragraph, I think :)

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